Applied Business and Technology Center
The Applied Business and Technology Center is a self-sustaining, non-credit granting center whose mission is to provide quality continuing education to the public; quality research and consulting services to industry; services leading to the improvement of the community; and personal and professional opportunities for UHD faculty and staff. The Center offers courses in applied business and technology at various levels, from entry level through advanced. Courses are taught on-campus as well as off-site. In addition, the Center develops and delivers customized courses for business and industry.
Center for Applied Polymer Science Research
Undergraduate students have opportunities to participate in basic and applied polymer science research projects with academic and industrial significance through the Center for Applied Polymer Science Research. The focus of the Center includes applied research in ultraviolet (UV) polymerization chemistry and technology. Research is disseminated to the Texas-based chemical industry concerning the productivity, environmental, and energy saving features of UV polymerization processes.
Center for Student Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
The Mission of the Center for Student Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is to empower students, faculty, and staff to build a more inclusive, equitable, and welcoming campus environment for all members of the UHD community. The Center develops programming and trainings, facilitates mentoring opportunities, and engages in outreach and advocacy efforts to promote diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice.
Center for Public Deliberation
This collaborative, non-partisan Center encourages citizens to actively participate in the deliberative democracy process through public discussions about issues that affect their lives. The CPD is an affiliate of the National Issues Forums (NIF) network and partner to the Texas Forums project at the Lyndon B. Johnson Library in Austin, Texas.
Center for Public Service and Family Strengths
The Center enhances the educational experiences of UHD students and the quality of life of residents of the Houston community through collaborations, research studies, publication of an academic journal, and programs that reinforce academic learning and civic values among students, foster ethnic and racial harmony, strengthen families, advocate for underrepresented individuals and families, and facilitate the dissemination of best family-centered practices.
Community Involvement Center
The Community Involvement Center (CIC) serves as the clearinghouse for community involvement and service learning opportunities through outreach to students, faculty/staff and community agencies. The CIC strives to establish and maintain partnerships by providing volunteer support to community service agencies and by providing service learning opportunities to the UHD community. UHD and the UHD CIC share a commitment to offer students opportunities to engage in high impact experiences through community involvement and civic engagement.
Criminal Justice Training Center
UHD has one of the largest criminal justice training centers in Texas. The mission of the training center is to provide quality adult education to individuals desiring to enter public and private sector criminal justice professions and continuing education to criminal justice practitioners. In addition, students, faculty, and staff of the division donate thousands of hours annually to activities leading to the improvement of the criminal justice professions and the community at large. The division has conducted more than 100 police academy classes, trained more than 15,000 students for the criminal justice professions, and won regional and national awards for excellence.
The Cultural Enrichment Center
The Cultural Enrichment Center enriches the academic life of the community while celebrating the cultural and ethnic diversity of students, staff, faculty, and the Houston community at large. The Center sponsors, organizes, and supports events such as lectures, readings, performances, concerts, and exhibitions by national and international artists, writers, and public intellectuals, often partnering with academic departments and with community arts organizations such as Fotofest, Houston Poetry Fest, Inprint, Inc., and Writers in the Schools. Through diverse programming, the Center recognizes the importance of music, art, and the written and spoken word.
English Language Institute (ELI)
Over 350 students study in each of the ELI’s six sessions per year. Students come from all over the world with varying levels of English skills to improve their language skills and to learn about U.S. culture, business practices, and daily living. Interests of participants range from computer science, medicine, and business to the liberal arts. Most come with specific academic or career enhancement goals.
Houston Pre-Freshman Enrichment Program (PREP)
Houston Pre-Freshman Enrichment Program (PREP) is a summer program for middle and high school students hosted by the UHD College of Sciences and Technology. The program produces a pipeline of highly qualified students prepared to enter college in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Students from economically and socially disadvantaged populations are encouraged to pursue careers in STEM fields. Since its inception, Houston PREP has provided enrichment opportunities to more than 3,500 young Houstonians.
Houston PREP offers participating students six weeks of study annually over a four-year period, providing practical experience and hands on learning opportunities in intellectually demanding STEM classes and laboratories. By exposing students to topics not typically taught in the middle and high school curriculum, Houston PREP offers an insight into STEM careers, increasing students’ interest in pursuing their studies in high demand disciplines.
Houston Urban Network for Educators in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (HUNSTEM)
HUNSTEM is a network of professional and educators working together to promote STEM study in the Houston educational arena. By creating a network that includes schools, informal science institutions, professional societies, and institutes of higher learning in the Houston area, HUNSTEM helps students, teachers, and families to manage and share the STEM resources.
Institute for Financial Literacy and Academic Excellence
The Institute for Financial Literacy and Academic Excellence is a summer enrichment program that assists high school students academically and helps prepare them to transition to the more rigorous university experience. Students are offered an opportunity to participate in a three-week academic enrichment program that supports and enhances their high school curriculum, helps prepare them for college, and acculturates them to a university environment. The university experience, in turn, helps to reduce apprehension about college attendance by familiarizing students with campus life through interactions with university faculty and state-of-the-art technology. The goals of the institute include encouraging academic excellence and increasing the high school graduation and college enrollment rates.
Professional Land Management Certification
The Professional Land Management Program is developed for persons desiring to pursue a career in Petroleum Land related activities. The program is designed for landmen, lease and title analysts, attorneys, and others involved in supporting oil and gas exploration and development activities. The curriculum consists of six courses which will provide graduates with the skills necessary to augment their career in land management.
The National Society of Leadership and Success – UHD Chapter
The UHD Chapter of the National Society of Leadership and Success challenges students to develop their strengths and skills as collaborative leaders. The society engages students with required seminars and interactive components, provides experience working in and facilitating groups and team meetings, improves personal interaction and communication skills, and improves self-confidence and leadership skills with a profound effect. The society also offer students national benefits and lifetime opportunities to network and engage with companies and other leaders nationwide.
Project Grad Summer Institutes
Project GRAD Houston is designed to support a quality public education for all children in economically disadvantaged communities so that high school and college graduation rates increase. UHD and Project Grad partner together each summer to host several summer institutes for rising high school juniors and seniors. The focus of the summer institutes revolves around career explorations, college admissions preparation, and financial aid awareness.
Right of Way Certification
The first of its kind, university sponsored Right of Way Certificate Program focuses on the Private Sector of the Right of Way industry. The curriculum was developed by working professionals in the field and is taught by highly experienced Private Sector Right of Way professionals. It provides skill enhancement and professional training for those interested in entering the Right of Way profession.
The Educational Talent Search Program assists middle school and high school students interested in pursuing a post-secondary education. UHD's Talent Search program works specifically with students in the Aldine Independent School District and provides academic advising, counseling, college campus tours, cultural field trips and a summer enrichment program.
Texas Consortium of Geriatrics Education Centers
By invitation, UHD participates with eight other Texas schools to facilitate education and awareness of gerontology and gerontologically-relevant careers. A key feature of this outreach is an annual Symposium on Gerontology-Geriatrics Awareness and Education in partnership with San Jacinto College-North.
Upward Bound operates on Saturdays during the academic year and for six weeks in summer to provide instruction in core curriculum (reading, writing, and mathematics), coaching on state-mandated assessment tests and tutoring in subjects necessary for success in college studies.
Last updated or reviewed on 12/2/13